Feb 26, 2013 9:00am EST
drones to a green fleet, i expect similar policies to continue for my former colleague chuck hagel to be confirmed, hopefully as early as next week. for all these reasons i have long been a supporter of renewable fuels, and i encourage the further development of an industry that is important, both to our national security as well as to our farm economy. whether we're talking food or water or energy security, let me put it this way. in the future, more crops in the field can mean fewer soldiers in the field. at the same time, as important as our defense capabilities are, we also need to rebalance for the other free d's. the u.s. today spends more on defense than on diplomacy, democracy and developments all put together. meanwhile, in the past year, china has more than doubled its investment in developing new agricultural technologies. those are the kinds of farsighted policies that are enabling china to emerge as a world power, in which we, frankly, need to get back to. as we shift our focus and our resources towards smarter, more constructive forms of international interaction, it'
Feb 26, 2013 1:00pm PST
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
Feb 26, 2013 4:00am PST
signaled late monday that would in their delaying tactics. once confirmed, hagel will succeed defense secretary leon panetta just days before automatic, across-the-board budget cuts and scheduled to hit the pentagon. >> safety officials say more teenagers dying behind the wheel. a new report find that deaths of teenage drivers increased 19% for six months of last year. that is a reversal of a decade-long trend were of raw traffic fatalities declined to historical lows. the study finds the deaths are primarily among 16 and 17 year old. >> pollen season starting earlier this year in some parts of the u.s.. tree pollen is supposed to peak in march. grass pollen in the following weeks. but regions from the nation's capital to north texas off pollen count spike in february. here in the bay area, the tree pollen count is high right now. the most active pollens being cedar in juniper. researchers say if you are allergic, you will want to stay indoors during dawn and dusk when colin count is hire. >> the fda has expanded its approval for a bayer cancer pill to treat tumors of the intestines.
Feb 26, 2013 4:00am PST
on whether to end the filibuster on chuck hagel's nomination to be defense secretary. hagel is expected to be confirmed. >>> more evidence suggests that the secret to heart health is what you need. a just-published study finds eating a mediterranean style diet with nuts, olive oil, even some wine cuts cardiovascular death rights by 30%. spanish researchers ended the study early about five years into it, saying it would be unethical not to end the study. >>> okay, finally, a rap video featuring flashy cars, women in tight clothes, suggestive dancing, not unusual, but this rapper is 9 years old. unusual and using lyrics like coke is not a bad word. child welfare workers are taking a closer look at li'l poopy's youtube video. the boy's father told a boston tv station his son has done nothing wrong and police have not filed criminal charges or arrested the boy's father. a lawyer says it's freedom of speech. >> we have a lawyer on our panel, natalie jackson, outside the craziness, he's 9. that nice red car, he can't thrive that. the jewelry down to the belly button. i mean, child endangermen
Feb 26, 2013 10:00am EST
today debating the nomination of former senator chuck hagel to be defense secretary. a short time ago they voted 71-27 to move forward on the nomination. 60 votes are needed the --. confirmation vote is set at 4:30 eastern today. you can see that on c-span2. also the senate finance committee voted 19-5 approving the nomination of jack lew to be the next treasury secretary. that nomination now goes to the full senate for consideration. can you see that committee hearing and vote in the c-span video library. here's a portion of testimony this morning with senator chuck grassley of iowa who voted against the nomination. >> finally, mr. lew, first i'm concerned about the attitude that this administration and supporters who criticize the senate usually anonymously for exercising basic due diligence regarding this nominee, they don't like anyone questioning them and they don't like answering questions. despite their tactics, we must continue to perform the advice and consent. what we have seen so far is that mr. lew is very good at getting paid by taxpayers, received a taxpayer funded bailo
Feb 26, 2013 1:00pm EST
goes to the full senate. the senate is holding a final vote on the confirmation of chuck hagel to be the next defense secretary. earlier today on a vote of 71-27, the senate ended a republican filibuster setting the stage for that confirmation vote. 18 republicans joined 51 democrats and two independents to move forward with the nomination. the final confirmation vote on the senate floor vote now live on c-span2. federal chairman ben bernanke says the economy is still struggling with high unemployment. he delivered the semi-annual report to a senate committee and tomorrow he testifies before the house financial services committee. we will have it live at 10:00 on c-span3. >> on route 66, people were traveling either traveling for fun or looking for a job. maybe they were on their way to the grand canyon or to work in the agricultural fields in california. at first route 66 was just a way to get somewhere. your destination was out in california. but later on after all these snake pits started blossoming up, tourist traps, motels and the trading posts, indian trading posts, when